Routes to/from Mukilteo Ferry from Seattle?
My lady and I are riding up to Whidbey and back over 2.5 days in a couple of weeks. Wondering if anyone has any suggestions regarding routes to/from the Mukilteo Ferry. Taking the Interurban up to HWY 525 then 28th to Mukilteo Speedway is the current plan for the route up there. I'm itching to explore the trail alongside the railroad that leads from Boeing to their railroad ferry, I'm curious if anyone has ridden this.
I'm also curious about Japanese Gulch. It looks like the railside trail exits onto Mukilteo Way through the Tails and Trails park, but you can continue a little further to the north via Japanese gulch (after riding a short way to the NE on Mukilteo Way). Is this trail a feasible option for a couple of converted* mountain bikes, one carrying a couple of panniers?
* Upright bars, fenders, a rack, and slick-ish tires (Vittoria Rando Pros, and Panaracer T-Serv Pro-Tex's, 26 x 1.5").
On the way back a couple of days later I'm tempted to try and take a more scenic route than the Interurban. Anyone ridden Saint Andrews Drive? Are the hills on it tough? How about the hills on Olympic View Drive near Southwest County Park? Is Talbot Road easier?
Anyone have a north-south street they prefer to ride to get through Edmonds?
BTW, we live in Greenwood, and are pretty happy with the route from here to about North 200th Street. Its from there to Mukilteo that I'm wondering about.